Anyone who shares the joy of expecting Jesus to return the second time for His Bride also anticipates what will happen among all the nations of the earth. As Isaiah closes out his prophecy, the Lord gives him one last look into the future.
““The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see My glory, and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare My glory among the nations” (Isaiah 66:18–19).
I believe “the time” that is spoken of here is very near. Without getting into a debate whether this event will fall in the final chapter of history, one thing that is clear from the context is that Israel and Jerusalem will have been restored in view of this final event for the nations (66:7-14). That is not the point I want to make though. Nations that have rejected the Savior and Israel’s Messiah will see His glory. They will suddenly realize what they missed and rejected.
If this event is going to close out human history just before God introduces the new heavens and earth, can you imagine how important His glory is in the face of Jesus. Paul understood the single importance of His glory when he said; “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). Has the light of this glory filled your heart so that you will live to make that glory known to the nations? Do people see His glory in your face?
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